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What Is Faith-Part III

What Is Faith-Part III
Living Faith-All In

Now the just shall live by faith; But if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him. Hebrews 10:38 (NKJV)

We have been looking at a series of devotionals titled,  "What Is Faith," in which we have learned that there are different types of faith.  So far we have looked at:

1.    Saving Faith (How we are saved)
2.    The Faith (Our Christian beliefs)
3.    Personal Faith (Our personal convictions within the faith)

In today's devotional we will look at what I believe to be the most important variations of "Faith" and that is what I call, "Walking in Faith," or what we will call:

4.    Living Faith

Before we get into defining our "Living Faith," we need to know something very important as Christians:  We cannot dabble in this type of faith, we need to be "All IN!"  That's what Hebrews 10:38 is talking about when it says, "The just shall live by faith," and more specifically when it says, "If anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him."  Our Christian walk is not to be made up of our own efforts and abilities--we need to continue to walk humbly and in faith regardless of what we face.  In short, we need to be, "All In!"

To give you a picture of what I mean by, "All In," I am going to use the game of Poker as an analogy.  As a player, you are given chips with which to make your wager.  If you feel confident on what you have been dealt, then you wager a little more of what you have on that which you really don't know, but only hope for.  And the more you see various cards being dealt, the more confident, or non-confident you may become.

You have to decide whether to fold, or to raise the stakes and put more of the chips that you possess on the line.  If you really like what you have been dealt, then you may feel so good about what lies ahead, that you take everything you have, and you push it all out on the table, and you say, "I'm ALL IN!"  This means that you are betting everything you have on what you have because you believe you are a winner!

It is the same for us as Christians here today, except for one thing--We don't gamble!  We already know that we are winners; we just don't know what kind of cards we are going to receive in this life until they are dealt.

"All In" is exactly how we should live our lives as Christian's.  Because when we live half-heartedly in our Christian walk, we are very much like a poker player with a weak hand, bluffing our success. Besides, we are told in the scriptures that we have God on our side, and He has given us His Holy Spirit to live inside us.  He intercedes and guides us in every action--always watching over us.  In effect, we have a winning hand before we even start. We need to commit ourselves to our Christian walk and say, "I'm All In!"

Q:    So what does it mean for a Christian to be All In?

A:    Well, we can see God giving us the answer in the Book of Deuteronomy Chapter 11, and Jesus repeated it in Matthew 22.

And it shall be that if you earnestly obey My commandments which I command you today, to love the LORD your God and serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul, Deuteronomy 11:13 (NKJV)

God then goes on to give a promise in the following verses for those people who have made the decision to be, "All In" in their Christian walk.  

...then I will give you the rain for your land in its season, the early rain and the latter rain, that you may gather in your grain, your new wine, and your oil.  And I will send grass in your fields for your livestock, that you may eat and be filled. Deuteronomy 11:14-15 (NKJV)

That's a promise from God to bless those who love and serve Him.  He has promised us that we will have green grass in our field for our cattle, and we will have good crops--All we have to do, is to love God and serve God with all of our heart, soul and mind.  We need to be All In!

In the next part of this devotional series, we will continue to look at, "Living Faith."

I want to encourage you today though, to stop and think about what it means to be All In, or to be fully committed to doing what God wants in every situation, regardless of the outcome. I will be writing a devotional next week called, "Loving God With Everything We Have" in which we will break down how we can be "All In."

STUDY QUESTION: What can we learn about our walking in faith verses drawing back in Hebrews 10:38?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to be "All In" in your walk as a Christian?

APPLICATION: Make a dedication unto God today.   Tell Him that, It is my desire to do your will; to be "All In."

Father, Thank You for Your Word that leads me in all understanding.  Father Thank You for Your love and mercy upon my life.  Help me to remember the big picture when I am tempted to draw back and seek to fulfill the desires of my flesh.  It is my decision today to be "All In."  In Jesus precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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